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Dark House (Paris Murphy Mysteries)

by Theresa Monsour

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An overall disappointment. The writing and plot dragged in spots. Monsour writes in fragmented sentences that get kind of annoying after 4 or 5 in a row. The plot was simple (if not a little odd) and there were no surprises, twists, or suspenseful moments to keep the reader guessing. Also, I found one of the characters unbelievable. Serene Ransom is straight-up crazy (which you gather very early in the story), yet she has managed to maintain a high-level position at a university. She has absolutely no redeeming qualities and I find it impossible to believe that she could have functioned at all in her given position. ( )
  Darcia | Jan 17, 2010 |
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Detective Paris Murphy is back in her Twin Cities precinct for the third time (Clean Cut, Cold Blood), but if her husband has her way, it won't be for long; he's pressuring her to move to Arizona, where he's been offered a new job, and if she doesn’t agree, it's likely to mean the end of her marriage. She's almost ready to agree when clues to a bar killing in a north country backwater in the ice-locked Iron Range point to a couple of suspects who may be headed her way--a female university professor who's a colleague of Paris's father-in-law, and a young man never prosecuted for the shooting death of his own father in a hunting accident. "Catch" Clancy might be Serene Ransom's lover, her hostage, or her partner in crime--or maybe, as Paris surmises, all three. While Paris is pondering her own emotional stability, it's a lot stronger than Serene's; the no longer young but still beautiful academic is about to be fired for inappropriate relationships with her male students. But it's her strange hold on the bartender whose attempts to save her from a late night assault by a gun-toting snowmobiler who forced his way into the bar just as Clancy was closing up, along with her subsequent descent into madness, that is portrayed in chilling detail. He manages to win the reader's sympathy despite his role in Serene's murderous activities, but there's no way it can end well for him, even if by the last page Paris manages to resolve her own dilemma, at least until her next outing in Monsour's series. --Jane Adams

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Paris Murphy, intrepid police detective who pursued killers in Clean cut and Cold blood, tracks a very odd couple in a very different kind of murder case.

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